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Sustainability Champions


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Sustainability Champions


Sustainability Champions

//PROJECT INTRO ...// Sustainability often sounds like a goal, but for most of us doing the everyday work to get it done it's more about the process. Part of the job is staying inspired.

In this narrative series, we celebrate the people transforming the built environment. Some take big steps. Some take small steps. It all adds up. And it all gets done with data.

Join Measurabl on this tour of the most inspiring minds in sustainability.

 
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Patrick Flynn

Speak the language of change

Salesforce Tower – San Francisco, CA

As Salesforce's Senior Director of Sustainability, Patrick Flynn has helped Salesforce to realize one of the most forward-thinking building designs in the world. It's an achievement worth sharing and a towering example of how to make sustainability work on a large scale.

Sustainability is what you make it

 

Sustainability is tough because it’s defined differently by everyone. When I’m with someone who leads sustainability at another company, even we ask each other, ‘What do you really do?’

Salesforce Tower contains hundreds of energy saving technologies.

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Blackwater recycling

This first-of-its kind blackwater system mimics nature. It recycles water using filtration and bacteria to break down any solids, the same way rainwater falling in the forest enters the stream fresh. This same process occurs in a gigantic cistern under the parking garage. All of the system’s production water goes into what’s called a purple pipe system—which is literally purple—and it feeds water to toilet flushing, cooling towers, and irrigation for plants.

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Biophilic Design

Most office buildings are vacuums. Air enters in one place and fans blow it through by force. Salesforce tower, however, is a building that breathes. Resident plants thrive, which improves the air quality for the oxygen-breathing tenants. Double win.

 

The blackwater system drops the building water footprint by almost 70%. We expect 7.8 million gallons of fresh water avoided per year, which is the equivalent of 16,000 San Francisco residents’ annual water usage.

 
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Smart Lighting

Nearly every fixture in the building responds to use patterns.

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Green Space

Recycled water irrigates a cooling garden atop the brand new rapid transit station attached to the building. One virtuous cycle fuels another. The recycled water comes out clean enough for human consumption, but at present is redistributed to non-potable sources.

Patrick Flynn


Patrick Flynn